Rocket launch successful!!

The rocket launch from Wallops Island on Sunday, November 12, was successful.  An earlier launch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, was postponed.

The launch was barely visible from our neighborhood because of cloud banks over the Chesapeake Bay.  For a few seconds after launch, the flame from the tail of the rocket was visible as a bright yellow-orange spot climbing into the sky then disappearing behind the cloud bank.

Rockets are launched from the Wallops Island launch pad from time to time.  Watch their website for launch schedules:   Wallops Island NASA website.


Rocket launch postponed to Sunday, Nov 12, 7:14 AM

The rocket launch from Wallops Island — which will be visible from our neighborhood — has been postponed.

Launch is now scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 7:14 AM.  Details on the Wallops Island NASA website.

Launch originally was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:37 AM.  However, that launch was scrubbed with 1 minute 15 seconds left in the countdown because an aircraft had intruded into the launch airspace.

To view the launch, look to the east, across the Chesapeake Bay — Wallops Island launch facility is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, across the Bay from our neighborhood.  A good place to see the launch is at the end of the deck in our picnic area.

Rocket launch visible Saturday morning, November 11

A rocket will be launched from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday morning and will be visible from our neighborhood.

  • Saturday
  • November 11
  • 7:37 AM
  • Look to the east

A good place from which to watch the rocket launch is from the end of a dock in the Potomac River, including the deck at the picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive.  Look east, toward the Chesapeake Bay.

The rocket will be launched from the NASA installation at Wallops Island, VA, which lies almost directly east of our neighborhood.  This launch is a rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

Launch times can be delayed because of weather or technical difficulties.  It’s a good idea to start watching for the launch about five minutes before launch time.  Also, you can listen to the launch countdown by following NASA Wallops on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM, Sunday, November 5.

Remember to set your clocks BACK ONE HOUR before you go to bed Saturday night  (unless you want to stay up until 2:00 AM, Sunday morning and set your clocks back one hour then!!).

Remember to vote, Tuesday, November 7

Remember to vote in the general election:

  • Tuesday
  • November 7
  • Polls open 6:00 AM, close 7:00 PM
  • Current photo ID required to vote
  • Visit the Virginia State Dept of Elections website for more information

We will vote for statewide offices:  Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  Also, we will vote for our district representative in the House of Delegates.

Our neighborhood is in Northumberland County District 2 — we will vote for a member of the Board of Supervisors and for a member of the School Board, both from District 2.

New Northumberland County Website

Our neighborhood is located in Northumberland County, one of most historic counties in Virginia and home to some of the earliest European settlements in the New World.

Northumberland County has upgraded their website and the result is a very attractive, easy-to-use website.  Here’s the link to the website.

Some of the features of the new site are:

  • Tax maps.  We are on maps 12A-1, -2, and -3.
  • Land records.  You can search the land records by name of owner, or, tax map number.
  • Pay property taxes.
  • Board of Supervisors information — names and contact information of supervisors; meeting schedules; meeting agendas and minutes.
  • And . . . lots of other useful and important information for county residents.

Hurricane Nate likely to bring rain to our neighborhood

Here’s the latest National Hurricane Center track for tropical storm Nate, soon to be hurricane Nate — as of 4:00 AM, Saturday, Oct 7.

According to this track Nate will have diminished to a tropical depression as it moves over our area during the day Monday.  The current weather forecasts for the neighborhood are shown below.

Sunday, Oct 8:  Hi temp 82 deg; 50% probability of scattered thunderstorms; winds SSW 9 MPH.

Monday, Oct 9:  Hi temp 81 deg; 30% probability of PM rain; winds 12 MPH S.

Tuesday, Oct 10:  Hi temp 85 deg; 50 % probability of PM showers; winds 5 MPH WSW.

Wednesday, Oct 11:  Hi temp 78 deg; 60% probability of PM showers; winds 7 MPH ENE.

This graphic from the NHC indicates rainfall will be west of us.  However, it would be prudent to be prepared for showers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.






Weather outlook, Oct 9-11

Our neighborhood may experience rain during the period October 9 – 11 as the remnants of Hurricane Nate travel northeast from the Gulf Coast.

As of Thursday, October 5, Tropical Storm Nate is expected to increase to hurricane strength and strike the Gulf Coast early Sunday, October 8.  After making landfall, Nate will drop to tropical storm strength, travel across Alabama and Tennessee and move into our area early in the week of October 9 – 13, as a tropical depression,  mostly as rain with possibly high winds.

Here is the National Hurricane Center predicted track for Nate, as of 8:00 AM EDT, Thursday, October 5.

Currently our weather forecast for October 9 – 11 calls for:

  • Monday, Oct 9:  50% chance of showers; hi temp 81 deg; winds S, 9 MPH
  • Tuesday, Oct 10:  20% chance of showers; hi temp 84 deg; winds SSW 11 MPH
  • Wednesday, Oct 11:  60% chance of showers; hi temp 76 deg; winds NNW 7 MPH

Watch this website for further weather information as well as other information about the neighborhood.

Weather update for Monday – Wednesday, Sep 18 – 20

There has been no significant change in weather forecast for our neighborhood as Hurricane Jose moves north offshore, roughly parallel to the East Coast.

Our current forecast calls for:

MONDAY, Sep 18:  Cloudy; high temp 76 deg; 20% chance of precipitation; 10 MPH winds.

TUESDAY, Sep 19:  Cloudy; high temp 78 deg; 20% chance of precipitation; 16 MPH winds.

WEDNESDAY, Sep 20:  Cloudy; high temp 85 deg; 10% chance of precipitation; 9 MPH winds.

Check the National Hurricane Center for Jose’s progress and forecasts.

Hurricane Jose may affect us Monday-Tuesday, Sep 18 – 19

As of 5:00 PM EDT, Friday, September 15, National Hurricane Center projections suggest our neighborhood may receive winds in the 10 – 20 MPH range from Hurricane Jose as the storm moves through the Atlantic paralleling the East Coast.  While the storm is not forecast to make landfall, we are in the warning cone for winds, possibly accompanied by rain.

Here is Jose’s forecast track as of 5:00 PM EDT, Friday, Sep 15.

jose warnings


Here is a forecast of wind speeds.  Note we are in the 10 – 20 MPH wind speed band.

TS force winds probabliity


This chart is an experimental depiction of wind arrival times, indicating we may experience winds throughout the day Monday, Sep. 18, from early morning until late Monday night-Tuesday morning..

wind arrival

The current five-day weather forecast for our neighborhood calls for a 20% chance of rain Monday and Tuesday with winds of 10 and 14 MPH respectively; high temperature in the high 70’s both days.

These current forecasts do not indicate we will experience any severe weather, except for higher than normal winds.

Watch this website for further weather updates.